Hello B&B Friends!
It’s Sunday evening here in Southeastern Ohio, and we have been experiencing the end of the summer heat. Well, we hope it is the end to this nasty humidity and swampy pants season. Go ahead and laugh, but you know what I mean.
We’ve been riding this Indian Summer heatwave by squeezing in last-minute summer activities. April and I recently attended the Pints and Posies Floral Arranging Workshop given by Wildroot Flower Co. and hosted by our friends at Old Bridge Brewing Co.
Happy July my friends! Wow! It’s hard to believe that we're on the tail end of summer. It sure has been hot and swampy here in Southeast Ohio. I hope that you have enjoyed getting out, traveling and seeing your friends and family this summer. Lots of our recent guests have been doing just that.
I am often asked the question of what makes us different from a hotel, and today I would like to share with you my thoughts on what makes us a step above a conventional hotel stay. Actually, we strive to be more than just one step above. When you stay at the historic Inns at 8th & Main, you stay at a luxury bed and breakfast where everything we do is intentional.
First of all, let me say that if you are just looking for a place to lay your head and a quick in and out stay, then we are, for sure, not that place. However, if you are looking for an experience, and a place to enjoy for a few days, then we are sure you will find our luxury accommodations and homestyle cooking right for you.
What sets us apart is that Dan and I, along with our dog, Henry live at the Stone House and we are here to help make sure that your stay is enjoyable and that your needs are well attended to. We act as your personal concierge service. If you are new to the area, we can surely recommend attractions and things to do to enhance your stay.
To me, May has always been the start of summer with school letting out and of course, my birthday always falls around Memorial Day Weekend. The patio here at the Inns at 8th and Main is the perfect place to enjoy the summer weather and that is how we are going to start this summer off.
When we started talking about creating the Inn, of course, my brain went on overload. From decor to renovations, from amenities to food, all of these things will define us, or as they call it in the marketing world, brand us.
Having been in business my whole life and already having a strong understanding of how branding works, I knew in my heart that the Inn needed to be branded in a totally different way - a way that would evoke the feelings and memories of the overall experience that the guest had when they stayed with us.
Oh my gosh! I am so sorry that it's been since January since we last posted on our blog. Seriously, though, can you believe that we are already well into March? Time sure does fly when you are having fun, and trust me, we are having lots of fun here at The Inns at 8th and Main.
These past few months have been pretty special here. Having opened in the middle of last year, we never really got a true gage of our busy times. We also know that we are in somewhat of a special time, where people are just itching to get out and see friends and family.
We have hosted two community Open House breakfast events over the past few months, but this weekend we were blessed by hosting a special milestone birthday event for a local family. It was our first full sit down meal event, and I think we pulled it off pretty well. We so enjoyed seeing all of the guests and fellowship that went on that morning.
If you have been following along in our journey of the Stone House, then you might have noticed that I have a love of vintage things - in particular, vintage linens and dishes..... ok, furniture too.
My love of fine old things came from my grandmothers. As a young girl, I remember playing dress-up with old hats, shoes, pearls, and bright red lipstick. But my favorite dress-up accessory was my grandmother’s aprons. Both my grandmother Vern and Virginia had aprons, and as the years progressed my grandmother, Vern started wearing smock aprons.
I also remember going to church with my grandmother, Virginia, and helping out the church ladies in the kitchen. I loved watching them meander about the kitchen in their aprons. My other favorite memory as a child was my grandmother’s handkerchief. She always kept a clean one in her purse, and whenever she would pull it out it always smelled like Dentyne gum.
They both always had beautiful tablecloths and little lace doilies everywhere. My fingers still remember the feel of the starch in them to this day.
Now that we have breakfast mastered at The Inns at 8th & Main, we are moving on to some light dinner offerings. We are taking our amenities to a whole new level by offering dinner options for our overnight guests, and sometimes for the public too. You will be able to feast on a hearty homestyle breakfast in the morning, and then finish your day with a scrumptious dinner. Of course, no dinner is complete without a homemade dessert by me.
Wow! It’s been a whirlwind around here. Our four-year-old granddaughter has been visiting us from Alabama. She is growing up quickly, and each time she visits we see glimpses of what the older Adeline is starting to look like. Knowing how quickly my boys grew up, with each visit it saddens me to know that the next time she comes, she will be a bit bigger and more grown-up.
Last Saturday Dan and I did something that we haven’t done for quite some time. We took a day and went on a local adventure that included boutique shopping and fine dining.
When we share with people where we live, a lot of people will respond with, “all the way down there”. What they don’t understand is that in 45 minutes, you can be in some amazing small towns and villages. Along the way, you will see some of the most beautiful Appalachian countryside as an added bonus.
As I write this, I am trying to remember the last time that I was on a major 4 lane highway. Honestly, I can’t remember.
Morgan County is small. It is one of the smallest counties by population ranking at #85 out of the 88 counties in our great state of Ohio. However, our county neighbors a few of the larger counties in our state which makes Morgan County a great home base and central to a lot to see and do.
Join my husband Dan and I as we remodel, cook, host and create an amazing life together. We'll share our fabulous finds and recipes with you along the way.